Here are some simple steps to help you solve the problem of finding an unknown video codec. The video codec encodes digital signals so that media players can play videos correctly. Hence, media player error messages will appear when some of the videos that users are trying to play do not have the required codecs. This is especially true for Windows Media Player, which does not support the built-in codec. July 3, 2020
Have you ever received a video or downloaded a video from the Internet that cannot be played? Isn’t that frustrating? In most cases, this is because the video was encoded using a codec (compressor / decompressor) that is not on your computer. Hence your system cannot read the file.
There are many tools to help you fix this problem, and with them you can easily reproduce 99% of everything you come across.
If you have a Windows computer, you need to download the G-Spot Codec ID.
For Mac users, the Video Spec Codec ID is also synonymous.
After downloading and installing the codec ID, just drag and drop the annoying video file onto it. ID parses it and tells you everything you wanted to know about it, plus a few things you didn’t do T! Once you have identified the codecs that were used to create the file, you can find them, install and enjoy watching the video.
As mentioned in my article “How to reproduceVirtually any video using VLC Media Player »HERE, VLC Media Player lets you play pretty much anything, but if you don’t want to download a new player and you’re ready to go. Windows Media Player or Quicktime are happy there are FREE “plugins” that add advanced features to your favorite media player. Windows users should definitely get their hands on the K-Lite Codec Pack. There are small, medium and large packages, but again 99% of everything you want to see will work if you install the standard package. For Mac owners, Perian is definitely the first plugin you need. With it, you can instantly play AVI, XVID, DIVX, FLV and MKV. For those who want to view Windows WMV files, Flip For Mac solution. When you visit their website, they push you hard for their paid version, but there is a free version if you go HERE through Microsoft, which does whatever you want.
What Is A Video Codec?
A video codec is software, and sometimes hardware, that compresses and decompresses digital video. In other words, the codec processes the raw digital video and stores it in byte notoke. It converts uncompressed video to compressed format to take up less space on your computer and vice versa. The video codec is usually indicated by the four-digit code “four” For example MPEG, DivX, HEVC, etc.
There is actually a huge list of codecs that you can find on the Internet. Of course, most of the video is encoded using the common codecs mentioned above and can be played with just about any media player. However, there are rare special camcorder codecs that can be viewed using VLC or a similar player with a suitable codec library.
A video codec is not the same as a video format or container. A container is a collection of files. It contains data compressed using a specific codec. For example, an AVI file may contain videos compressed using the XviD, DivX, or MPEG-2 codecs. Typically a container consists of video and audio codecs, and can also contain other files such as subtitles and chapters. Popular video formats or containers: AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MOV, FLV, etc.
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How To Find The Codec Of A Video File Manually?
Using the functions of your own operating system, you can easily get information about video codecs on your Windows and Mac computers. To do this, simply follow these step by step instructions.
Go to the location where you saved the video file
Click the Summary tab.
You will see audio format and video compression.
Here are the codecs used for your video clip.
- Select the video for which you want to know the codec information.
- Right-click the file.
- Select properties
Go to the folder where your video is located
You can see the codecs in audio and video format.
- Select a video to get information about the codec.
- Right click on the selected file.
- Click the Get Info button.
- Open summary
Open the video in VLC to find out the codec
Select media information
Don’t forget to check the Codec Details checkbox.
- Go to the playlist and right click it.
- Select tools
Pay attention to the codecs used to create the video file. You can now download the required (estimated) codecs from their official sites. When you’re done with the download process, install it and open the video file with your regular media player.
If you cannot find your video file’s codec information, or if you find it difficult to check it manually, or if the video clip still cannot be played even after installing the codec, there are several tools available that you can use, such as MediaInfo. VideoInspector, Codec Installer, GSpot, AVIcodec, etc. to get a decent codec and play your video.